Disney Cruise Line-How to Enjoy Without Kids

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Sailing on Disney Cruise Line can be a great adult option for vacation! Take a look at our guide to enjoy Disney Cruise Line without kids!

Recently, we had the privilege of going on two different four-night cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy. The ship docked at Castaway Cay twice during each cruise which was an incredible way to spend your time on a Disney Cruise ship! Castaway Cay is Disney’s privately owned island in the Bahamas. Disney docks their cruise ships here for all-inclusive fun-filled days for guests aboard their fleet.

We always have people who question our adult-only trips to the parks… I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “why do you do Disney as an adult? Disney is for kids…”  And this also brings up the question “Why would I go on a Disney Cruise as an adult? There is nothing to do for adults who don’t have kids. There are tons of other vacations I would rather do without my kids…”

Disney Cruise Line-How to Enjoy Without Kids

While there are many places all over the world to visit without kids, saying a Disney cruise isn’t for travelers without kids is absolutely just not true! All three sailings I have done with Disney so far have been without my kids. I have had a blast on each one! So, I want to share with you exactly why a Disney Cruise is something you should consider as your next adult trip.

Adult Spaces and Activities:

There are a ton of things to do for kids on a Disney Cruise, but there are just as many places for adults to have fun! There is an adults-only pool and sun deck with bar service and hot tubs overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy some of the 18 + venues including a pub that shows live sporting events, a Champagne lounge, a bar with live music, and a nightclub with a DJ and dancing(when covid restrictions are lifted) All of the 18 & over areas include activities like dancing, trivia, game shows and so much more. We actually won a 90’s music trivia contest while we were on board this trip and we each got a Mickey medal!

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Senses Spa & Salon

The spa amenities aboard Disney Cruise Line are not to be missed. Senses Spa and Salon is a full-service spa that has a complete menu ranging from a full-body massage, a relaxing Mani-Pedi combo, a refreshing facial, and so much more. Do you want a fresh blowout for dinner? The salon has you covered. Guys, you can get your hair touched up and a fresh shave!

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When it is operational, the Rainforest Room within Senses Spa offers heated lounge chairs, saunas, and aroma showers. This is a small fee, but you have the option of a single day pass or one for the whole cruise to enjoy the Rainforest Room.

The Spa also has an incredible Fitness Center offering strength and cardio equipment and locker rooms, with spacious, private showers are adjacent to the fitness center.

Adult Only Area

All ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet offer an 18+ pool deck. You can enjoy the Quiet Cove Pool, hot tubs, and relaxing lounge chairs overlooking the ocean all while having cocktails brought to you by the wonderful waitstaff on the ship.

If you want a place for some AC, Cove Cafe is an adults-only lounge also on the 18+ deck that offers specialty drinks and coffees for an additional cost.  My favorite is the “Drip Cold Brew” with some french vanilla! You can also enjoy some fancy pastries and snacks that are included in your cruise fare.

Nightlife

All of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet offer 18+ districts throughout the ship for guests who want to enjoy some fun without the worry of children around. You can sip champagne in Pink on the Disney Dream, listen to some piano in the Cadillac Lounge on the Disney Wonder,  or hit the Pub for the big game!

Drink of the Day

Each day you are on the ship features a ‘Drink of the Day.’ These are fun(usually frozen or fruity) drinks that are at a discounted price. You can find them on the ship and at Castaway Cay.

Serenity Bay

Speaking of Castaway Cay, did you know there is a whole beach just for adults?  Guests 18+ can visit Serenity Bay by taking a tram to the last stop on the island. You will find a dining area open from 11:30 to 2:30 that offers the same wonderful food from Cookies 1 &2 (the island’s dining spots) but the food at Serenity Bay BBQ offers steak and a couple of other adult treats.

You can chill on a lounge chair, swim in the ocean, snorkel, ride bikes around the island, or even rent a private cabana and have some one-on-one time. The beach is full of loungers and umbrellas. There are also chairs you can take right down to the water to sit and sip the day away while you cool off in the ocean. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Dining

The food on Disney Cruise Line is absolutely amazing. You can choose from 2 options before you cruise, main or second dining. Second dining is usually more for adults. Many adult cruisers choose to eat later so they can avoid the families. However, whenever you dine, it is a fun adventure for all ages! You can attend Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic, hear live Jazz music at Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder, and surf the reef with Crush at Animator’s Palate on all four Disney ships.

Another interesting fact about Disney Cruise Line is their “rotational dining” that gives guests the opportunity to experience all three of the main dining rooms with the same staff serving you every single night! Our servers learned our names right away, our food preferences, and our allergies. They made suggestions based on what we liked and would often bring us things to try just based on our conversations!

Palo & Remy

If you want an ultra-exclusive(kid-free) meal on a Disney Cruise, you have 2 fantastic options with Remy and Palo. You must have a reservation and both restaurants are 18+ with a dress code.  Both restaurants require a reservation, your travel advisor can set that up or you can through the Disney Cruise Navigator app.

Palo

Named after the signature long poles used by gondoliers in Venice, Palo serves an adult-exclusive restaurant serving Italian fare in an intimate setting amid stunning seaside views. Fine Italian cookery begins with artfully prepared antipasti, soft potato gnocchi pianola in tomato sauce with kale, fritto di calamari e gamba marinara or sip on a steaming stew of seafood favorites scented with basil and garlic. Continue with a plate of classic pasta such as penne arrabbiata. For your main course, be transported to the heart of Italy as you pamper your palate with freshly prepared specialties that include butternut agnolotti, seared sea scallops on celery root puree – or entice your taste buds with a house favorite: piquant Dover sole (filleted tableside), garnished with nut brown butter garnished with chopped capers.

For a sweet ending, discover a culinary confection of freshly made desserts including homemade tiramisù, panna cotta, or our house favorite: chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce.

When dining at Palo, the following additional charges apply:

  • Dinner: Prix fixe menu, $45 dining charge per person; a la carte menu, priced by item
  • Wine Pairing with Dinner: $59 charge per person, in addition to either the $45 Prix Fixe menu charge or the a la carte items ordered
  • Brunch: $45 dining charge per person

Remy

Dining at Remy is like being transported to an authentic fine-dining restaurant in the City of Lights. Reminiscent of the well-appointed dining rooms of Chef Arnaud’s native Paris, Remy is softly lit and designed in a timeless art nouveau style featuring soft greens, rich reds and gold tones. Graceful, sinuous lines adorn the chairs, glass carvings and wall etchings, as sweeping floral and leaf designs embellish the carpet and lighting.

An additional charge is required to dine at Remy:

  • Dinner: Prix fixe menu, $125 dining charge per person; a la carte menu, priced by item
  • Remy Champagne Brunch: $75 charge per person; $30 additional charge per person when adding the Champagne pairing
  • Remy Dessert Experience: $60 charge per person; $25 additional charge per person when adding the wine pairing
  • Petites Assiettes de Remy: $50 charge per person (includes a wine pairing with each course)
    • This event can only be booked on board
  • Remy Wine Pairing Experience: $105 charge per person

Adding to the sophisticated ambiance, tables are set with Frette linens, Riedel glassware, Christofle silverware and china created exclusively for the restaurant. For an added dollop of Disney magic, Remy—the character from the hit Disney·Pixar film Ratatouille—appears in artful ways throughout the restaurant’s design.

Entertainment

Broadway-Style Stage Shows

The Walt Disney Theatre features Broadway-style shows that you don’t want to miss! We watched Aladdin, Frozen, and Disney’s Believe while we were on the Fantasy, but you can see Tangled the Musical on the Disney Magic, and Beauty and the Beast the Musical on the Disney Dream. The shows are not just for kids. These are incredible performances similar to ones you would see on the stages of Broadway!

First Run Disney Owned Films

All of the ships have the beautiful Buena Vista Theater, a movie theater showing first-run Disney-owned films, all included in your cruise fare. Showtimes occur throughout the day, making it possible to plan a full day of activities and still catch a movie or two. Check the Personal Navigator—your daily newsletter detailing all there is to see and do—or the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for a complete list of screenings and showtimes.

Disney Cruise Line was the first to introduce 3D movies aboard its ships, adding a whole new dimension in entertainment. Because a dash of high-tech magic combined with Disney’s cinematic storytelling adds up to plenty of enchanting moments. The Buena Vista Theatre is equipped with the latest in motion picture and sound technology, presenting full-length feature films shot in Disney Digital 3D to create an immersive movie-going experience like none other at sea.

Water Fun, Not Just for Kids

There is no reason the pools and water slides on Disney Cruise Line have to be just for kids! We strongly suggest heading to the top deck and hopping a ride on the AquaDuck, an elevated water-coaster that goes out over the edge of the ship, on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. Or, over on the Disney Magic and check out the AquaDunk, a high-speed water slide that drops you straight down 3 stories!

Guest Can Bring Alcohol Onboard

Don’t want to spend a ton on alcohol on the ship? Guests are able to bring some on the ship with them! Each adult in your stateroom can carry on either two-750ml bottles of wine/champagne or six-12oz. beers. You can enjoy a glass of wine in your room before dinner or crack a beer after a long day at Castaway Cay!

WiFi

I wouldn’t plan on working while you are out to sea… Disney offers plans for wifi but they don’t last long and can be pretty pricey. I purchased the Medium package just to stay in touch with the family back home. The good news, if you have an iPhone you can iMessage for free. This does not work on Castaway Cay, so plan for a day to be unplugged. These are the wifi packages:

Pay as you go – $0.25 per megabyte.
Small package – 100 megabytes for $19 ($0.19 per megabyte)
Medium package – 300 megabytes for $39 ($0.13 per megabyte)
Large package – 1,000 megabytes for $89 ($0.09 per megabyte)
There is a Connect @ Sea desk that offers internet support should you ever need it throughout the cruise.

There is so much fun to be had on a Disney Cruise! The fun isn’t just for kids, adults need to have break free and enjoy the adventure at sea. It’s time to take advantage of one of the great offers from Disney Cruise Line right now, and book today!

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